underworld

noun
un·​der·​world | \ ˈən-dər-ˌwərld How to pronounce underworld (audio) \

Definition of underworld

1 : the place of departed souls : hades
2 archaic : earth
3 : the side of the earth opposite to one : antipodes
4 : a social sphere below the level of ordinary life the town's seedy underworld especially : the world of organized crime

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Examples of underworld in a Sentence

a magazine article taking an insightful look at the underworld inhabited by street people

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Even Deadpool’s early rampage through the underworld left me cold, despite the Dolly Parton. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "We Need to Talk About That Deadpool 2 Credits Scene," 21 May 2018 Jack realizes her mistake and begins to investigate the true nature of the drug, while Paladin and Eliasz work their way through the criminal underworld, all the while navigating a complicated relationship of their own. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "The 13 best sci-fi books to check out on your new Kindle," 29 Dec. 2018 The trial of the octogenarian Mafia don is a reminder of how much Boston and its criminal underworld have changed. Shelley Murphy, BostonGlobe.com, "Mafia murder trial occurring now in Boston highlights how much city’s underworld has changed," 29 May 2018 Still, the pacing is brisk and Raza's perilous journey into the London underworld, infiltrating a gang of Albanian bad guys, draws you in. Taylor Antrim, Vogue, "Three New Crime Shows To Get Hooked on Now," 12 Jan. 2019 Shepherd Book knows more about the criminal underworld than a preacher should, the mercenary Jayne Cobb is trigger-happy, and the crew’s constant bad luck lands them further and further into debt with criminals. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "Big Damn Hero is a familiar trip back to Joss Whedon’s Firefly universe," 20 Nov. 2018 In the months ahead, InSight will begin its study of the Martian underworld, with the aim of helping scientists understand how the planet formed, lessons that could help also shed light on Earth’s origins. Paul Roberts, The Seattle Times, "Mars landing is a nail-biter for Redmond rocket engineers," 26 Nov. 2018 Unfortunately for him, his brother also unwittingly pocketed something extremely valuable to the king of the near-future L.A. underworld that the Artemis services, turning a sanctuary into a target on one of the worst nights in history. Joshua Rivera, GQ, "Hotel Artemis Is a Mean, Messy Action Movie You Need to See," 8 June 2018 At the same time, the word started to develop more colorful, metaphorical uses, especially in the New York City criminal underworld. Ben Zimmer, WSJ, "The Evolution of ‘Kingpin,’ From Lawn Bowling to Drug Trafficking," 9 Nov. 2018

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First Known Use of underworld

1598, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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underworld

noun

English Language Learners Definition of underworld

: the world of crime and criminals
: the place where dead people go in Greek myths

underworld

noun
un·​der·​world | \ ˈən-dər-ˌwərld How to pronounce underworld (audio) \

Kids Definition of underworld

: the world of crime

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